Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Democratic Party Strategy: Weaken Mitt Romney's Appeal Among Republicans By Praising Him, Bill Clinton The Latest To Join The Chorus

The Democratic Party is well aware that, at the present time, Mitt Romney is the one Republican who can defeat Barack Obama in 2012. Poll after poll not only shows Romney the most powerful Republican candidate, but also shows in head-to-head results that Romney ties or beats Obama. And the Democrats are scared to death.

So they've embarked upon an insidious strategy: Weaken Romney by praising him. Knowing full well that the Tea Party element within Republican ranks is just as interested in "purging RINOs" as it is in defeating Obama, Democrats are capitalizing upon that by praising Romney in order to re-direct Tea Party hostility away from Obama -- and towards Romney. Barack Obama himself launched this campaign in November 2010 by favorably comparing Romneycare to Obamacare and citing Romneycare as an inspiration, reiterating that praise in February and May 2011. In March 2011, Larry Summers, President Obama’s former economic czar, said Romney did good when he signed Romneycare into law, just days after Massachusetts Democratic Governor Deval Patrick praised Romney's role in passing the massive overhaul of the state’s health-care system. Then on June 15th, Mitt Romney got a big thumbs-up from Al Gore for "not heeding right-wing calls to reject the science behind climate change".

And on June 30th, former President Bill Clinton joined the chorus. Clinton praised those Republican candidates who are seen as more moderate and who might be formidable opponents to Obama because they are more connected to the real world. Clinton opined that Mitt Romney seems to be doing a better job this time around than he did when running for the GOP nomination in 2008, noting “Romney comes across as more relaxed, more convicted about what he did do, less willing to just be forced into apologizing for it.”

Considering that Clinton's wife just happens to be Obama's Secretary of State, I have a hard time believing this was done without coordination through Obama himself.

Naturally, some conservative Republicans have swallowed the bait. Earlier, even before Clinton sounded off, former Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller expressed his intent to spend as much as $500,000 to work for Romney's defeat, saying that “Unless you have the perspective of government that puts the constitution first, that means getting back to the enumerated powers, you have no business running for president and we’re not going to support you and in fact, we’re going to stop you”. Miller has launched the Restoring Liberty PAC to work towards that end.

Hot Air wrote, ..."Clinton’s not actually afraid moderate candidates will lose the GOP nomination — he’s afraid the GOP will pick someone who can unseat Obama (and that person, I’d argue, is unlikely to be a milquetoast moderate — and very likely to be whichever candidate most clearly articulates a message that resonates with the values of American voters). If Democrats like Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could only pick our candidate, they’d pick whoever will bow to Obama most obsequiously, whoever will surrender most readily".

If we immediately reject Mitt Romney simply because Obama, Gore, and Clinton have praised him, then we play right into the hands of the Democrats. The fact is, conservatives can and do support Mitt Romney with a clean ideological conscience. Just today, the Romney campaign released an extensive list of Utah politicos who have formally endorsed him; they include some of the leading conservatives in one of the reddest states in the union. Among them:

-- Senator Orrin Hatch
-- Congressman Jason Chaffetz
-- Congressman Rob Bishop
-- Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell
-- Attorney General Mark Shurtleff
-- State Senate President Michael G. Waddoups
-- State Senate Majority Leader Scott K. Jenkins
-- State Senate Majority Whip Wayne L. Niederhauser
-- State Senate Assistant Majority Whip Peter C. Knudson

Jason Chaffetz is the Joe Miller of Utah. You can't get more conservative than that.

The trick now is to steer Romney towards picking a more conservative running mate to flesh out the ticket and recapture the Tea Party. The best selections would be Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, or Ron Paul.

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